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  • Window & Door Dealers Alliance members are heading to Department of Energy offices in Washington, D.C., today to learn about the Home Energy Score program. In the pilot phase in a number of places around the country, the program uses specially-trained assessors who walk through homes and input information into a program that outputs a score card with a 1 to 10 energy efficiency rating... more »
  • The sad stories that often accompany discussions about Window Safety Week are definitely enough to make me—a mother of two young girls—think twice about fall prevention measures.   Some of the stories in the March/April AAMA column remind remind us just how prevalent a safety concern this issue is. As the column points out, window professionals are in an ideal position to help... more »
  • With Apple introducing its second generation iPad to much fanfare a few weeks ago, it's hard to remember that it's been just over a year since the device was first launched. In some ways, it's the toy we all want to have, but it's also proving to be a very efficient, effective business tool.  And, personally, I think it's caught on in the window and door industry faster than any technology... more »
  • First of all, let me express on behalf of the entire Window & Door team our deepest concerns and sympathy for the people of Japan—especially those directly impacted by the recent earthquake, tsunami and the resulting devastation. Natural disasters of this nature resonate with me in a pretty significant way. Several years ago, I visited New Orleans to visit with window and door companies... more »
  • "A Day Made of Glass..." is a very cool video from Corning Inc. that's enjoyed more than 7 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube about a month ago. It shows a world where iPad apps can be found on nearly any large glass surface—and much more. Granted the video doesn’t show that many window and door glass applications, but it’s still kind of exciting to... more »
  • The days are getting longer, the weather is tumultuous in many parts of the country and the media has circled back around to its seasonal topics of home sales and home improvement. It's beginning to feel a bit like Spring. Nationwide, home improvement companies have been beefing up staff to deal with the busier Spring selling season, making headlines with reporters who have been quite comfortable... more »
  • The up-and-coming workforce is digitally native, thinks globally, is easily bored, craves attention, acts socially and is work-ethic challenged. That's  according to Eric Chester, a consultant focused on helping companies understand and getting the most out of "Generation Why" employees and keynote speaker at this week's AAMA conference. Hiring new workers and developing new talent... more »
  • News emerged recently that Penguin Windows, one of the largest home improvement companies in the country and a past Window & Door Dealer of the Year, swiftly and unexpectedly closed down its corporate headquarters and drastically downsized its operations. A company official attributed the move to market weakness, according to at least one local press report, but it's hard not to think... more »
  • Personally, I thought HomeStar was dead.  And given our current Congress, it may be, but President Obama brought it up again last week. Re-emphasizing his commitment to energy efficiency, he said would push for the initiative as part of his his next proposed budget.  I know there are a lot mixed industry feelings on HomeStar.  Some people like the idea of incentivizing homeowners... more »
  • Monday's announcement that Quanex was acquiring Edgetech was a bit of a surprise on its own, but it also comes on the heels of four other industry acquisitions announced during the first month of 2011.  For those of you not keeping track, Hurd has also acquired Superseal, a local investor group bought Fen-Tech, a French company acquired Lapco in Quebec and a private equity firm acquired... more »